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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit buttery with base notes of wood, peppery spice lurking under lightly herbal and violet tinged crushed blackcurrant fruit framed with a toasty coconut nuance. Rich and velvety in the mouth, this is packed with purple berry fruit supported by supple but present tannins. The texture is a touch on the creamy side finishing with explosive fresh fruit wrapping in vanilla, mocha and light tobacco nuances. Long and fairly elegant. 91pts

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/05/2014

A bit buttery with base notes of wood, peppery spice lurking under lightly herbal and violet tinged crushed blackcurrant fruit framed with a toasty coconut nuance. Rich and velvety in the mouth, this is packed with purple berry fruit supported by supple but present tannins. The texture is a touch on the creamy side finishing with explosive fresh fruit wrapping in vanilla, mocha and light tobacco nuances. Long and fairly elegant. 91pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Krystle lee1
36061422
2.50 5
Vintage: 2013 11/16/2015

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: sarahluvswine
7054357
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/23/2011

Excellent cabernet for the price. Slightly fruity with smooth finish.


Snooth User: IHEARTWINES
286727286
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/06/2010

Three glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.60 5
Vintage: 2010 03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/10/2012

My Rating 86: Disappointing for an Ste. Michelle. The body well balanced ,boring. The nose a little short , although well balanced, elegant. For the price of $ 12 I would not buy this again


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,037
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/10/2012

Not a bad cab but nothing that will knock your socks off.


Snooth User: ravenlynne
79564162
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/02/2012

Bright, full bodied. Slightly high on the alcohol. Would not buy again but was satisfactory for a first try.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/02/2017

TASTING NOTES: Cabernet Sauvignon is a standout variety from Washington, with silky tannins, rich complexity and concentrated fruit. That’s why our Columbia Valley Cabernet is the perfect choice to carry the nostalgic banner of our 50th anniversary. Raise a glass and help us celebrate the next 50 years! - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker VINTAGE: • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. VINEYARDS: • Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. • Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. • Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. WINEMAKING: • Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. • Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. • Aged 14 months in American and French oak, 32% new. BLEND: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Merlot 4% Syrah 1% Malbec 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot TA: 0.55 /100ml pH: 3.85 pH ALCOHOL: 13.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 02/10/2016

TASTING NOTES: “We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. I like this wine with beef tenderloin and pasta.” - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker VINTAGE: • The 2013 growing season was warm and consistent throughout, perfect for the vines to ripen. • Harvest started early in mid-August and extended into early November as fall brought cooler temperatures. • The long, warm 2013 growing season resulted in beautifully ripe and balanced wines. VINEYARDS: • Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. • Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6–8 inches of rainfall annually. • Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. WINEMAKING: • Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. • Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. • Aged 14 months in 32% New French and American Oak and 68% Neutral Oak. Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Syrah 5% Merlot 4% other red varieties Total acidity: 0.53 g/100 ml pH: 3.83 Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/04/2015

Good dark red. Reduced aromas of licorice and clove spice. Supple and creamy in the mouth; denser than the Indian Wells example but still quite dominated by its oak element, showing more mocha and clove than primary fruits today. With its easygoing texture and soft tannins, this seems ready to drink.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2011 06/24/2010

Firm and chewy, with a peppery, green edge to the clear blackberry flavors, fading a bit as the finish does a diminuendo. Drink now through 2010. 10,000 cases made.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 12/24/2013

We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to express Washington's distinctive world-class vineyards. This cab is complex yet inviting, with concentrated fruit flavors and silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food. Pair this with beef tenderloin or pasta. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 03/12/2014

We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to express Washington's distinctive world-class vineyards. This cab is complex yet inviting, with concentrated fruit flavors and silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food. Pair this with beef tenderloin or pasta. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/10/2013

Highlights concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. An inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins.


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